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January 2014 index:

2 January 2014
Woman buried pregnant 6000 years ago in Bulgaria
Bulgarian archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a woman that appears to have been buried pregnant 6000 years ago. The found - described as highly unusual - was made in...
Discovery of 3,000-year-old Zeng State tombs
Archaeologists announced that more than 2,000 items dating back more than 3,000 years and discovered in central China's Hubei Province are likely to reveal the mysteries of the Zeng State...
Oldest footprints gives clues to Mexico's climate
The oldest human footprints in North America have been dated for the first time and could help scientists to understand what Mexico's climate was like 7000 years ago. The new...
Bronze Age artists used palace floor as a creative canvas
The floors of Greek Bronze Age palaces were made of plaster that was often incised and painted with grids containing brightly colored patterns and/or marine animal figures. In researching one...
3 January 2014
8,000-year-old artifacts unearthed in Minnesota
An archeological dig in the suburbs south of Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA) is turning up artifacts thousands of years old at the future site of a bridge project. Before work begins,...
8 January 2014
Neolithic life in coastal Denmark
Excavations by Lolland-Falster Museum archaeologists are currently ongoing in advance of the upcoming construction of a new crossing from Denmark to Germany. Work began in August 2013, and since then...
Eating nuts caused tooth decay in hunter-gatherers
Eating nuts and acorns may have helped hunter-gatherers survive 15,000 years ago in northern Africa but the practice wreaked havoc on their teeth, researchers say. Fermented carbohydrates in the nuts...
11 January 2014
Remains of 2,000-year-old woman found in Florida
Archeologists say a significant prehistoric find was made in Davie (Florida, USA): a woman's remains perfectly preserved for 2,000 years. She rested in peace until utility crews came shortly before...
Ice Age tools unearthed in Surrey
Ancient artefacts uncovered at the building site for the new Guildford fire station (Surrey, South East England) have been dated back to the Ice Age. More than 2,400 flints shaped...
Chinese archaeologists uncover Neolithic beacon towers
Archaeologists said fortifications of the largest Neolithic Chinese city ever discovered were excavated in northwest China's Shaanxi Province. The ruins of two square beacon towers, once part of the city...
Stone circle in the Isle of Man threatened by vehicles
The area around one of the Isle of Man's most important archaeological monuments, the Neolithic stone circle at Meayll Hill, Rushen, has been badly churned up by four-wheel vehicles and...
16 January 2014
11,000-year-old Indian sites discovered on California island
On Santa Rosa Island, one of the Channel Islands just 65 kilometres from Santa Barbara, USA, nearly 20 sites reveal signs of prehistoric human activity. At least nine have what...
Ancient times table hidden in Chinese bamboo strips
Five years ago, Tsinghua University in Beijing received a donation of nearly 2,500 bamboo strips. Muddy, smelly and teeming with mould, the strips probably originated from the illegal excavation of...
Priddy Circles update
In May 2011, large-scale damage was done to one of the four Priddy Circles - a group of large, circular earthworks of prehistoric date in Somerset, southwest England - when...
19 January 2014
Neanderthals could speak like modern humans
Analysis of a Neanderthal's fossilised hyoid bone - a horseshoe-shaped structure in the neck - suggests the species had the ability to speak. This has been suspected since the discovery...
Neolithic mural may depict ancient eruption
First discovered and excavated in the 1960's by British archaeologist James Mellaart, the world-famous 9,000-year-old Neolithic site of Catalhoyuk in Central Anatolia, Turkey, has provided a unique window on the...
6,500-year old tin-bronze from Serbia
The hypothesis of a single origin for Eurasian metallurgy has been challenged by the discovery of copper smelting evidence some 7000 years old at Plochnik, a Vincha culture settlement in...

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